Master Classes

Master Classes

Dance Conservatory of Charleston is uniquely positioned to bring America's top dance talent to instruct and inspire Charleston's youth through Master Classes.

Many young dancers have to leave home to find the best training the country has to offer.  Dance Conservatory of Charleston delivers unmatched Master Classes right here at home through visiting instruction with preeminent teaching faculty.

No dance studio in the region has the kind of relationships we do with America’s preeminent dancers, teachers, and choreographers. We are pleased to leverage those relationships to deliver the highest caliber of dance instruction to our students in the Charleston community.

See Archives for past Master Classes and Special Events.

2018-2019 Master Classes

Master Classes

Dana Hanson

Friday, May 03, 2019

5:00pm - 6:30pm




Dana Hanson began her training on Vashon Island, Washington with John Wilkins and continued her studies at Olympic Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1990, appearing in numerous featured roles in the Balanchine repertoire and touring throughout the world. Prior to joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty in the fall of 2006, Ms. Hanson was a frequent guest teacher at the School of American Ballet.

Master Classes

Nick Mullikin

Saturday, February 09, 2019

2:00pm - 3:30pm




We are thrilled to welcome back Nick Mullikin to The Dance Conservatory of Charleston as part of our Master Class Series! Nick is the Associate Artistic Director of Nashville Ballet and formerly held the position of Director of the School of Nashville Ballet. Space is limited. Register today!


In addition to the Master Class, we will be hosting an audition for Nashville Ballet’s Summer Intensive which features programs for students ages 11 and up.  

February 10, 2019 | Registration 12pm | Audition 1-3pm |


Nick Mullikin began his training at the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble in Madison, Wisconsin under the direction of JoJean Retrum. He continued at the Virginia School of the Arts, and Houston Ballet Academy, training with Petrus Bosman, David Keener, Steve Brule, Clara Cravey, and Claudio Munoz. Upon his completion of training with Houston Ballet Academy, he was invited to join Houston Ballet with Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, and subsequently joined Ballet West under the direction of Jonas Kage. During that time he performed works by William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Anthony Tudor, Bruce Marks, David Parsons, Ronald Hynd, Dominic Walsh, Timothy O’Keefe, Glen Tetley, and Trey McIntyre. He has toured nationally and internationally including at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2004 as well as performing as a guest artist for Ballet Arizona, and regional companies throughout the country.

During his time at Ballet West, as an artist, he was an elected union representative for the American Guild of Musical Artists before joining the administrative staff as the Company/Tour Manager & Assistant to the Artistic Director in 2006. In addition, to handling all collective bargaining, and regional touring for the company, he oversaw and managed the company’s return to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the inaugural Ballet Across America series.

Since that time he has worked as Company Manager for The Washington Ballet and as assistant manager at the Dance Institute in Austin, Texas. Mr. Mullikin has guest taught at summer programs and schools across the country, coached students for competition at the Youth America Grand Prix, taught in after school programs in the Washington D.C. area, and consulted on the creation and setup of Honolulu Classical Ballet in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, with his responsibilities at Nashville Ballet, he acts as a consultant to the Kansas City Dance Festival. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Government, minoring in Communications, while completing the Business Foundations Program at the McCombs School of Business.

Martha Graham Dance Company

Martha Graham Dance Company

Tuesday, January 22, 2019



(for advanced dancers only)

We are thrilled to announce a master class with the Martha Graham Dance Company on January 22. It is an honor to partner with the Gaillard Center on this incredible opportunity for Charleston's dance community. Don't miss out! This class will feature a live drummer!

Going to see the show? We are excited to offer a 25% discount code to the Martha Graham Performance. Please use code: EVE25 

There will also be a free pre-show lecture with the artistic director prior to the performance at the Gaillard.

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. The Company embraces a new vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that offer a rich thematic narrative, the Company creates new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences. Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries.

Lloyd Knight

Lloyd Knight - Principal

Lloyd Knight is the most senior dancer and Principal of the Martha Graham Dance Company. He joined the Company in 2005 and performs lead roles in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Errand into the Maze and others. Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. There, he worked with choreographers, Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, and Michael Uthoff. He received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Mr. Knight partnered Wendy Whelan in Moon and Misty Copeland in At Summer’s Full.

Master Classes

Roberto Muñoz

Saturday, January 12, 2019

1:15pm - 2:45pm


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We are excited to announce that Roberto Muñoz, Co-founder and Director of the Saratoga Summer and Vail Valley Dance Intensives, will kick off the new year with our next 2018- 2019 Master Class Series! In addition, we are honored to host the audition for the Saratoga Summer and Vail Valley Dance Intensive! Roberto is a phenomenal teacher, one of Lindy's and Stephen's favorites from their dancing days! His summer programs offer an extremely high level of training, as well as opportunities to see live performances from the New York City Ballet!


SSDI/VVDI Audition: Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 12:30pm Check-in | 1-3:00pm Audition | $30 fee (Bring check or cash for the audition)


A native of Chile, Roberto Muñoz began his professional career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1972. After his appointement as Artistic Director of the Venezuelan Ballet del Zulia in 1980, Mr. Muñoz returned to the United States and was named Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music at what is now Point Park University. During his 15 years on faculty he taught all levels of ballet technique, character dance and male ballet technique, while also holding a part time faculty position at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Company under the direction of Patricia Wilde. Following his departure from Point Park, Mr. Muñoz went on to be named Ballet Master, Principal teacher, and finally Director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

Roberto Muñoz met former New York City Ballet principal Melinda Roy and during his tenure as Executive Director of Gulfshore Ballet (Fort Meyers, FL) they founded the SSDI and VVDI summer dance intensives. Held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance in Vail, CO, respectively, these programs have attracted talented students from around the globe, and a faculty that includes teachers, former principal dancers, and dance professionals from The National Conservatory of Dance in Annecy, Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet!

Dale Lam

Dale Lam

On Thursdays 2:15p - 3:45p

January 31, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 9

We are beyond excited to announce that Dance Conservatory of Charleston will be hosting Columbia City Jazz Artistic Director Dale Lam in residency for the 2018-2019 academic year! Named "Top Private Studio/Conservatory Teacher" by Dance Teacher magazine and The Dance Teacher Summit in Longbeach, California, Ms. Lam is an active choreographer and master instructor throughout the United States and has taught internationally at the Kiradjiev Cultural Center in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Danz Studio in Costa Rica, and the Singapore Dance Association at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.

Cost for the entire residency is just $225 for both DCC and outside students! Full-time Pre-Pro students are invited to participate in the residency at no additional cost.